The founding myth Why Christian nationalism is un-American
Book - 2019
Is America one nation under God? Christian nationalists assert that the US was founded on Judeo-Christian principles -- but is this true? Andrew L. Seidel, an attorney at the Freedom from Religion Foundation, answers this persistent question once and for all, comparing the Ten Commandments to the Constitution and contrasting biblical doctrine with America's founding philosophy. This persuasively argued and fascinating book proves that Christian nationalism is, in fact, un-American. --
New York :
- Main Author
- Physical Description
- xi, 338 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-331) and index.
- Introduction: Prelude to an Argument
- Usage Note
- Part I. The Founders, Independence, and the Colonies
- 1. Interesting and irrelevant, the Religion of the Founders
- 2. "Religion and Morality": Religion for the Masses, Reason for the Founders
- 3. Declaring Independence from Judeo-Christianity
- 4. Referrals: The Declaration's References to a Higher Power
- 5. Christian Settlements: Colonizing the Continent, Not Building a Nation
- Part II. United States v. The Bible
- 6. Biblical Influence
- 7. Christian Arrogance and the Golden Rule
- 8. Biblical Obedience or American Freedom?
- 9. Crime and Punishment: Biblical Vengeance or American Justice?
- 10. Redemption and Original Sin or Personal Responsibility and the Presumption of Innocence
- 11. The American Experiment: Religious Faith or Reason?
- 12. A Monarchy and "the morrow" or a Republic and "our posterity"
- Part III. The Ten Commandments v. The Constitution
- 13. Which Ten?
- 14. The Threat Display: The First Commandment
- 15. Punishing the Innocent: The Second Commandment
- 16. Suppressed Speech: The Third Commandment
- 17. Forced Rest: The Fourth Commandment
- 18. On Family Honor: The Fifth Commandment
- 19. Unoriginal and Tribal: The Sixth, Eighth, and Ninth Commandments
- 20. Perverting Sex and Love: The Seventh Commandment
- 21. Misogyny, Slavery, Thoughtcrime, and Anti-Capitalism: The Tenth Commandment
- 32. The Ten Commandments: A Religious, Not a Moral Code
- Part IV. American Verbiage
- 23. Argument by Idiom
- 24. "In God We Trust": The Belligerent Motto
- 25. "One nation under God": The Divisive Motto
- 26. "God bless America": The Diversionary Motto
- Conclusion: Take alarm, this is the first experiment on our Liberties
- Picture Credits
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review